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Campus garden inspires meditation

OUR CAMPUS IS full of little gardens, unexpected enclaves of order and natural beauty. One of my favorites is the romantically named Allergy-Free Demonstration Garden, just behind the Smittcamp Alumni House. Even though it’s situated next to a busy parking ...

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Bad teaching experience inspires change in future teacher

EVEN BEFORE I get into why, most people are pretty shocked when I say I want to be a teacher. I don’t know why. I’d think that being just as immature as a high school kid lets them relate to ...

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Is racism still an issue for our generation

THE UNUSUAL HAPPENED a few days back. I decided to attend a seminar and actually listen to someone else talk without interrupting. The lecture was on the book “Freakonomics,” and if you did not attend, you missed out. But the ...

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Defining gender for children, limiting

HERE I AM again and, as usual, I am inspired to write about what has come up in classes I’m in. These past two weeks has given me plenty to talk about. Gender is the issue. Not gender alone, but ...

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Night at the movies proves costly affair

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! I drove my brother and good friend David to the movie theater, where I was being forced against my will to see “Ghost Rider.� I didn’t have anything against Nicholas Cage or the idea of him racing ...

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A reliable “happy place”

EVERYONE HAS A Happy Place. A couple of weekends ago my mother and I made a trip out to the Bay Area. And while we were there we must have hit up every shop around. But, there was one store ...

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The One-Finger Salute

Thumbs up to the Fresno State minds behind the Junmai skirt steak. It is a piece of “sake-infused” beef — and perhaps the cleverest means of sneaking alcohol into the football stadium that we’ve heard of. Thumbs up to midterms. ...

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New surveillance policy: bizarre

Last Wednesday’s issue of The Collegian included an article by Brent VonCannon describing revisions in surveillance policy that were passed by the Academic Senate several weeks ago, and needs only the approval of President John Welty before potentially being exercised ...

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Breaking Even 3-5-07

 COMICS: Breaking Even (3-5-07)

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Try making time for your professors

WHEN I HEARD that academic advising is now required for all incoming students, I thought it was a great idea. Now students are required to see their advisers at least once a semester to make sure they are on track ...

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Media gives unfair representation of beauty

AS I SAT in my bed recuperating from my early morning aerobics class, I watched a segment on “Good Morning America.� This segment was about a contest that Dove had as a part of its Campaign for Real Beauty. As ...

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Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to Katrina Garcia’s article entitled “Dialing campus PD: a fast response,� from the Feb. 21 edition of The Collegian. The new Campus Police emergency phone number, (559) 278-8400, was not introduced “recently;� the number was ...

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Criticism of Oprah’s “dream” project unfounded

OPRAH IS A woman people either love to love or love to hate. Especially when it comes to a controversy. From James Frey and his not so true nonfiction book, “A Million Little Pieces,” to her claim that she wouldn’t ...

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Reconsidering the “sorority girl” stereotype

A FUNNY THING happened last week: I found myself inside the meeting room of one our campus’s sororities. It was surreal insofar as my experience was remarkably enlightening, and I came to the startling conclusion that my perceptions of what ...

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Status of popular literature as art: dubious

ONE OF THE first events at next week’s Veritas Forum is a talk by Honora Chapman on “The Da Vinci Code” at 3 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium. I don’t know exactly what she’s going to say about it, ...

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